For the good of the hard-working population!

An exhibition about Jean-Pierre Bausch, Léon Weyrich and Jean Schortgen


The purpose of the Musée vun der Aarbecht (MUAR) is to bring the themes around the world of work from the past, the present and the future closer to the public. For the cultural year Esch 2022, the museum intends to familiarise the national and international public expected for this eventful period with the socio-political work of three personalities from the region. These are Jean-Pierre Bausch (1891-1935), Léon Weyrich (1878-1942) and Jean Schortgen (1880-1918).


The exhibition aims to show its visitors areas of experience of the three actors that were formative for their socio-political positions. They should understand which ideas of their time Bausch, Weyrich and Schortgen adopted and how they wanted to change and improve the reality of life for the working classes.

As Luxembourgers, the visitors can acquire life stories from the generation of their great-grandparents and grandparents. They learn things about power, work, housing, leisure, religion, hopes and dreams that expand their picture of everyday working life in the south of the country. As foreign visitors, they can compare and reflect on their own ideas of past industrial working worlds with Luxembourgish examples.

Exhibitions cannot provide an authoritative answer to the question “what was it like exactly back then?”. However, by approaching the past with historically documented fiction, our exhibition can encourage its visitors to approach social-historical reality with their own knowledge and imagination. The presentation form of our exhibition will stimulate visitors in an entertaining way, astonish them and make them curious, make them laugh and think, but also inform and touch them seriously.

In this way, our show will contribute to a future-oriented socio-political discussion that does not take achievements in the field of labour legislation for granted and forever secured.

Jean Schortgen - Artist: Guy Hary

More to come soon!